Good God, what a mess.
You can’t swing a dead e-cat on these here intarwebs without hitting news of Senator Larry Craig’s (R-Idaho) June 11, 2007 arrest for lewd behavior in men’s room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and subsequent plea of guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct. Here’s an example from the good folks at Blogging Blue.
How does an upstanding member of the Party of Personal Responsibility handle such a situation when the news goes public? Judging by Sen. Craig’s statement earlier today, you: (1) deny any wrongdoing; (2) recant your guilty plea; (3) deny any and all gayness; (4) blame the whole thing on the Idaho Statesman newspaper for conducting a “witch hunt” relating to your sexual orientation; and (5) refuse to say anything else on the advice of newly-retained counsel.
Meanwhile, this 25-year-old video about the 1982 congressional pages scandal is making the rounds. Craig, then a member of the House of Representatives, wasn’t identified as one of the lawmakers engaged in extorting gay sex from underage pages. Even so, he came forward preemptively to deny the non-accusations, presumably out of apprehension that he might be so identified. Can’t help but wonder where that apprehension came from.
Conservatives are scrambling to see who can throw Craig under the biggest bus. To cite but one example, here’s Michelle Malkin’s take. Apparently, the GOP’s family values rules for males are: misconduct with women (i.e., David Vitter – hookers, reputed diaper fetishism) — forgive and forget, especially forget; misconduct with men or boys — banishment.
Anyhoo, the rest of the blogosphere has this story well and truly blanketed. I’ll close by noting that this case poses once again the age-old question: